Douglasville, Georgia – The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County (CAC) launched a new initiative to use public art to further establish the community as a dynamic center of creativity and a destination for visitors. The CAC is excited to release its project “Arts on Fire”. The CAC, in partnership with the Douglasville/Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority, City of Douglasville, the Douglas County Fire Department, and the Douglas County School System, have completed another project in the Public Art Initiative with (8) eight fire hydrants in downtown Douglasville which have been turned into creative art pieces, along with being functional and lifesaving.
June 1st – 15th the community can vote for their favorite hydrant by taking the tour of 8 freshly painted fire hydrants all with a facelift by student artists. Artists responsible for revitalizing the life-saving fixtures are in a competition to rack up the most votes and claim the title of Community Favorite. Ballots can be cast at the Cultural Arts Center located at 8652 Campbellton St. The winning fire hydrant design will be announced at the ribbon cutting on Friday, June 21st at 10 am at O’Neal Plaza in downtown Douglasville. The event is free to attend. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite fire hydrant design by 6/15/19 at the CAC!
“We are excited to heighten the awareness of our community’s important water resources through this art initiative with the CAC and the fire department. The project illustrates how Douglas County can utilize essential infrastructure, like hydrants, in a fun and creative way to enhance our growing downtown area,” stated WSA’s Community Coordinator, Lyndsey Sargent. High school art students from across the county were invited to submit designs for hydrants. They used their imagination around the theme, “Nature Inspired.” The theme could revolve around seasons, water, climate, plants, water resources, landscapes, animals, etc. The CAC gallery committee reviewed the designs and selected the top 8 pieces. “We have so many talented students in Douglas County and we are excited to be able to show off their abilities through our Public Art Initiative,” stated CAC Executive Director, Emily Lightner.
The purpose of public art is not only to enrich the community and improve our quality of life through its ability to enrich an environment, and also to ignite the imagination, encourage thought and to prompt discourse. Public art benefits the community through placemaking, bringing people together, and can be used as a tool in economic development. Public art can also strengthen personal connections to one’s community.
The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County, located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm. For directions, more information, or to make your reservations, visit www.artsdouglas.org or contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770-949-2787.
The mission of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County is to nurture, guide and stimulate the enjoyment of and participation in the arts among Douglas County residents by providing an atmosphere conducive to the arts. The programs and activities of the Cultural Arts Council are supported in part by the City of Douglasville and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.
CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL DOUGLASVILLE/DOUGLAS COUNTY
P.O. Box 2018
Douglasville, Georgia 30133
Phone 770.949.2787 Fax 770.949.5946